Wave Cave to Ridgeline (A)

Date:Destination:Wave Cave
Level:Advanced (A)Area:Superstition Mountains
Approx hike distance in miles:5.8Hike leader:
Low to high elevation gain:N/AHike leader phone:
Accum elevation gain in feet:1100Hike leader email:
Departure time - Union Center parking lot:Please arrive 10 minutes early to check in
Recommended gas donation:$10
Unpaved miles:4Park entry fee per vehicle:Yes, see below.
Road conditions:FairWebsite for reference info:https://hikearizona.com/decoder.php?ZTN=548
High clearance vehicle req'd:SuggestedTrailhead GPS coordinates:33.38611111


Maintained Trail:MostUneven Footing:Yes
Steep Side Drop-offs:SomeSteep Trail:
Off Trail (scratchy):SomeSlippery Trail Surfaces:Yes
Use of Hands Required:SomeBoulder Hopping:Yes
Difficulty :StrenuousWater Crossings:No
Restrooms at Trailhead:NoGloves Required:Suggested
The hike starts with hiking to and viewing the spectacular Wave Cave, then continues one mile up to a low section of the Superstition Ridgeline in a challenging, boulder-filled valley. Using the Ridgeline Trail, the hike goes to the top of the Carney Springs Trail and down to the trailhead. An option, if time and energy allow, is to hike a spur out to Robber’s Roost before going down the Carney Springs Trail. Bring water, a snack and lunch. Hiking poles will be useful. THERE IS A CHARGE FOR THIS HIKE. IF YOU DO NOT ALREADY HAVE ONE, PLEASE PURCHASE A YEARLY ACCESS TO STATE TRUST LAND FOR $15 per person at https://land.az.gov/recreational-permit-portal
If you think you might be driving, please print and bring these directions with you.
  • Take Felix Road to Arizona Farms Road.
  • Turn left onto Hwy 79 and follow for 10 miles to Hwy 60.
  • Turn left onto Hwy 60 West and go 17.8 miles to East Peralta Road.
  • Turn right on East Peralta Road and go 6.2 miles to the Carney Springs Trailhead on your left.